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A Fox Shocker: In Depth With O.J. Simpson for A Ratings Boost
"No comment!" a Fox spokesman said on the phone yesterday before we'd said a word.
Nicole Brown Simpson's sister, Denise Brown, said in a statement issued late yesterday, "We hope Ms. Regan takes full accountability for promoting the wrong doing of criminals and leveraging this forum and the actions of 'Simpson' to commercialize abuse."
She also said she regrets that the Simpsons' two children "will be exposed to 'Simpson's' inexplicable behavior and we will provide them with our love and support during this time."
TV industry executives yesterday expressed shock and awe, and the certainty that everyone in this country would be outraged that O.J. will make big bucks off his ex-wife's murder and Fox will run a promo for the book as a sweeps stunt.
Except for their Hollywood colleagues.
"No, not in Hollywood at all, because we're all whores, but in the rest of the country where they have morals -- sure," guessed one such exec, who conceded that the moral, non-Hollywood segment of the country probably would nonetheless tune in by the millions.
"They've really kept this way under wraps," he continued. "Holy [expletive], is that a coup!"
Which pretty much summed up everyone's reaction in TV Land.
"Everybody here in town believes he did it, period, but to have framed the discussion the way Judith has is pretty unique," said the exec, who wants to be anonymous because O.J. is a free man.
And not one of the TV execs was worried Fox might have trouble selling the show to advertisers.
"This is not about advertising -- it's a news coup," one exec said. "It's also great scheduling. Fox is hurting big-time" in the ratings, "getting killed with all their new shows. They're sitting around ready to commit suicide until 'Idol' comes back."
By the way, in case you're not familiar with Regan, in 1978, she landed a job as a reporter for the National Enquirer.